Stealing Culture: The Internalization of Critical Race Theory Through the Intersection of Criminal Law and Museum Studies

In V. L. Farmer & E. S. W. Farmer (Eds.), Critical Race Theory in the Academy 519–534. Information Age Publishing. 2020.

Posted: 17 Mar 2021

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Nicole Crawford

University of Wyoming Art Museum

Darrell Jackson

University of Wyoming - College of Law

Toni Hartzel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Consider this scenario: You walk into a museum or a collector’s home and take the most valuable item located within. Society, via criminal laws, would label you a thief and your actions as theft, robbery, or some other heinous activity. Yet, when the actors are flipped, and the museum (via its agents) enters the homes or lands of certain peoples, the law labels that 'an acquisition' and the thief turn into 'a collector.' Critical Race Theory (CRT) gives us a legal analytical tool to reconsider these labels, definitions, and outcomes.

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Keywords: critical race theory, education, criminal law, museums, repatriation

JEL Classification: I23, I28, K39, K14, K19, K49

Suggested Citation

Crawford, Nicole and Jackson, Darrell and Hartzel, Toni, Stealing Culture: The Internalization of Critical Race Theory Through the Intersection of Criminal Law and Museum Studies (2020). In V. L. Farmer & E. S. W. Farmer (Eds.), Critical Race Theory in the Academy 519–534. Information Age Publishing. 2020., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3751172

Nicole Crawford (Contact Author)

University of Wyoming Art Museum ( email )

1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3807
Laramie, WY 82070
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/about_us/faculty-and-staff/nicole-crawford.html

Darrell Jackson

University of Wyoming - College of Law ( email )

1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3035
Laramie, WY 82071
United States
(307) 766-2899 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uwyo.edu/law/directory/darrell-jackson.html

Toni Hartzel

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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